It's time for business schools to put human rights on the agenda

Author: Kenneth McPhail, Professor of Accounting at La Trobe University [Australia], Published on: 11 December 2012

Nowadays, human rights due diligence is a standard part of managing a big business...But when big corporations like global health giant Abbott Laboratories start to talk about the “supporting role” they play with government in promoting human rights, this raises questions not only about the management practices that enable them to do this, but also about how the role of corporations in society is shifting. Despite these developments, there is almost no discussion of business and human rights within business education, either at the university level or within professional bodies...The issue of human rights is simply not brought to the mindset of future business leaders within business schools or professional education programs. But building a case that it should be isn’t that difficult. [also refers to BHP]

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Related companies: Abbott Laboratories BHP (formerly BHP Billiton)